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All Boys Aren't Blue

A Memoir-Manifesto
Narrated by: George M. Johnson
Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
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Summary

This program is read by the author.

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.

Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, All Boys Aren't Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy. Johnson's emotionally frank style of writing will appeal directly to young adults.

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

©2020 George M. Johnson (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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amazing and emotional.

I thoroughly enjoyed learning about this man's life and struggles he really sent home a message that I feel as if I was looking for

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Black queer memoir

Extremely important story for young people, especially those who are learning more about their gender expression, queer identity, and are a part of the Black community (but good for other people to learn about George's story, too).

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  • Len Mark
  • 21-10-20

An Important Story

A unique point of view, and narrative not nearly told enough. A coming of age story steeped in nuance and identity.

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  • Jerry St. Louis
  • 22-09-20

So NEEDED!

This book is wonderful! I connected with so many of the stories. I cried, and rooted for you throughout. Thanks for writing this book, it’s definitely valuable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-20

A beautifully important coming of age story

A must-listen for Black Black queer young adults, and for those who walk with them (us). Blessings and '06!

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  • Allen Wells
  • 11-09-20

I loved it!!!

This book was filled with some much love and I truly resonated with George’s memoir b/c it reminded me of my childhood. ❤️❤️❤️

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  • MARIO M.
  • 11-09-20

All boys certainly aren't Blue

what an emotionally resonating story. So often do we find it challenging to find the right narrative to tell our story, but I found a start with this book. I definitely need to share this read with my friends

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  • Michael Toohey
  • 21-08-20

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loved the first two parts. the third part was harder to listen to. my favorite part was the relationship between the boy and his grandmother.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-08-20

Page turner loves this book

Really enjoyed very transparent and so open I throughly enjoyed this book and related to some of the background from him being from my home town and state and hearing about his overall experience there definitely brought back some memories. I was so intrigued by the levels of vulnerability, complexity and over strength that was displayed to share such moments with the world. I am humbly grateful to be able to get a peak into his world through this novel.

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  • Joanne L. Davidman
  • 06-08-20

Queer Black Loving

this is a much needed book for the queer community, the POC community and black queer boys who have question

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  • daniel williams
  • 29-07-20

amazing

amazing piece of literature. i bought 3 copies for my friends and family. love it

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  • _travyyy
  • 29-07-20

AMAZINH!

This was so heartfelt and raw! Loved every moment! It’s rare in memoirs that the author is willing to be so transparent authentic and vulnerable!! Excellent read!